Breakups can be so stressful & having a broken heart can be the worst feeling ever.
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Yes, you can die of a broken heart.
“Heartbreak” is an emotional term that we attribute to the physical symptoms of being broken hearted.
And that’s a really big spectrum.
Usually “having a broken heart? is a turn of phrase. Someone might even refer to having “heartache” when they are sad or grief-stricken. But there is a medical condition known as Takotsubo cardiomyopathy or “Broken Heart Syndrome” that is all too real for some people.
When you think of a broken heart, you may picture a cartoon drawing with a jagged line through it. But a real-life broken heart can actually lead to cardiac consequences. There are established ties between depression, mental health and heart disease.
Breakdown of a Broken Heart
Broken heart syndrome, also called stress-induced cardiomyopathy or takotsubo cardiomyopathy, can strike even if you’re healthy.
Women are more likely than men to experience the sudden, intense chest pain. The reaction to a surge of stress hormones — that can be caused by an emotionally stressful event. It could be the death of a loved one or even a divorce, breakup or physical separation, betrayal or romantic rejection. It could even happen after a good shock (like winning the lottery.)
For some people the stress of losing a loved one, or any kind of stressful event in your life, does precipitate a whole bunch of reactions in the physical body as well as in your mind that can cause disease and sometimes cause someone to pass away.
Research also shows that in the first 30 days after a loved one dies, your risk of dying too is significantly increased.
Broken heart syndrome is a heart muscle failure that is usually caused by a stressful event.
The condition, which is brought on by sudden and intense chest pain, can lead to severe, short-term heart muscle failure, according to the American Heart Association. The syndrome occurs when a surge of stress hormones temporarily disrupt pumping in part of the heart. The disruption “stuns” the left ventricle while the rest of the heart continues to function normally, or with even more forceful contractions, according to Harvard Medical School.
The stress hormones could be triggered by traumatic events such as the death of a loved one, a breakup, physical injury, or by positive events like winning the lottery or being surprised at a party, according to the American Heart Association.